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Solemnity of Christ the King

November 21, 2010

THE GOD OF SURPRISES

In today’s Gospel, Jesus is sneered and jeered at; he is told to save himself.

Such challenges and demands are reflective of our skewed notion of power.  Too often we believe that power is what we use to save ourselves; to benefit ourselves; to profit ourselves.

But the life of Jesus reminds us that God has a completely different notion of power.  Real power is the ability to save another; to give up for another; to profit another.

On this feast, we are reminded that this is the God of Surprises.

2000 years ago, no one would have ever imagined God would look like this crucified carpenter.  Today, I wonder what will cause us to acknowledge God as the King of Surprises.

CLICK HERE for the Readings for the Solemnity of Christ the King: (2 Samuel 5.1-3; Colossians 1.12-20; Luke 23.35-43)

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